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Ibeyi 'Stranger/ Lover' Music Video Explores Intimacy and Threat

by William Hoffman   Sep 16, 2015 17:43 PM EDT

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If you've listened to Beats 1 at all since its launch, there's a good chance you've heard the music of Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz who make up the group Ibeyi, because of their ability to cross multiple cultural barriers. The duo released a new music video for "Stranger/ Lover" and a new North American tour Wednesday to promote their self-titled album.  Exploring the complicated intertwined nature of intimacy and threat for women, the video is very complex.

The announcement came as a video premier via Jezebel, largely due to the songs subject matter surrounding the complicated feelings that accompany a break up. In the video, the sisters have masculine hands rub their faces, grasp their necks and tug at their hair in actions that are simultaneously passionate, threatening and invading.

Perhaps the video is meant to represent the vulnerability with which we open ourselves up to our partners and the lasting effect that can have on us when the relationship is over. The song is nuanced already, but the visual aspect opens up even more feelings of anger, disarming susceptibleness and at the same time acceptance. Watch the gorgeous video below.

The sisters are the French-Cuban daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz and have been making waves this year for their jazz-infused trip-hop beats that combine cultural musical history from all over the globe. The album is sung both in English and Yoruba, the language of the ethnic group of Nigeria.

"Stranger/ Lover" is the follow-up to the duo's previous music video for "River," which has the artists dipping in and out of water to sing their lines. The two videos share many parallels with the shots focused solely on the sisters and the artistry that accompanies the album's whole ethos.

The video comes before a string of 12 North American tour dates, set to kick off Friday (September 18) in Los Angeles' Mayan Theater. See all the dates here and watch the "River" video below.

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